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What does it mean when someone says "certain amount (ex 3 or

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What does it mean when someone says "certain amount (ex 3 or 4) times EBITDA?" Also, what does the amortization in EBITDA mean for a business? What exactly are they paying to reduce net earnings?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Barbara replied 3 years ago.

Welcome and thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you with your tax question.

EBITDA is an acronym for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and
Amortization. It is a good beginning point to measure a company's potential value, and essentially it involves subtracting expenses from revenue EXCLUDING interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The resulting number gives a basic picture of the company's profitability as well as its ability to pay off what it owes.

It is worth mentioning that EBITDA does not conform to general accepting accounting principles, and therefore, adjustments can be made.


As to your first question, 3 or 4 times EBITDA is 3 or 4 times the resulting
number from the above formula.


As to your second question, amortization is excluded from the EBITDA.

As to your third question, I believe the answer is explained above.


The following is an excellent article which you might find useful as well:


Please let me know if you require further information or clarification.


Thank you and best regards,




Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Just to clarify, if I short an ETF, I don't pay the expense ratio because the lender is paying it, but I am obviously paying the margin fees for borrowing correct?

Expert:  Barbara replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your follow-up question.


You are correct.


Thank you and best regards,


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